An exceptional debut novel, Tiphanie Yanique's Land Of Love And Drowning
is the lush, linguistically exciting chronicle of three generations of a family living in the Virgin Islands, facing an uncertain future as the islands become an U.S. protectorate in the early 1900s (yes, we have protectorates).
Starting with thee orphans of a shipwreck, a state that nicely parallels that of the political uncertainty of the islanders at the time, and continuing on to their descendants, the story details the family’s love affairs, curses, births, deaths, and triumphs over the succeeding generations. Steeped in a magical realism that nevertheless retains the confusion and foibles of real life, Land of Love and Drowning
is an exciting display of a talented writer for whom great things are expected!